A Magic Web: The Tropical Forest of Barro Colorado Island by Christian Ziegler

By Christian Ziegler

The tropical woodland of Panama's Barro Colorado Island is a luxuriant neighborhood of vegetation and animals, pulsating with lifestyles and providing an fantastic view of nature's myriad tactics. What does the woodland appear like? How do the actions of the forest's crops and animals create a community?

In A Magic Web, photographer Christian Ziegler and evolutionary biologist Egbert Giles Leigh, Jr., invite readers to go into the very good global of Barro Colorado Island. This booklet is a distinct blend of dazzling images and transparent, authoritative textual content written through an energetic scientist who has spent part a life-time attempting to comprehend the tropical wooded area. Luscious photos of the woodland show the glorious range of its population and exhibit some of the actions that supply it its personality and lend constitution to its group. Drawing on a long time of labor on Barro Colorado Island, Egbert Leigh explains how the wooded area works: how vegetation and animals compete with but in addition rely on one another; how the solitary lives of cats distinction with the intricately equipped lives of armies of ants; the range of the way vegetation fight for a spot within the sunlight; and the way those crops allure animals to pollenate their flora. eventually, the booklet indicates the significance of tropical forests to the folk residing close to them, why they topic to the area at huge, what we will be able to research from them, and the way they range from temperate-zone forests.

Full of attractive full-color photos observed via transparent and obtainable textual content, A Magic Web is a needs to for an individual making plans to go to a tropical woodland and for all those that want they could.

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